A local home performance contractor recommended a whole house air cleaner as part of a major proposed home performance upgrade for a friend's house in the Sacramento, CA foothills. The proposal…Continue
"re: costs: I suspect the added UV & PCO & ESP has a big price tag but no clear benefit -- what is the extra cost? The extra money might be better spent on commissioning the building for ventilation and thermal comfort (Sacto…"
"Here's a link to a presentation given to summarize the work. Some of it is a bit dense, fair warning. Focus on the table on page 32, figure on page 35, page 42 and the Key Results slides 45-47. Notable info, the supply ventilation with MERV 13…"
"Bruce, If you like, I can share some results from a recent ARB study we performed testing the effectiveness of a variety of filtration systems in a test home in a Sac suburb. Basic summary, whole house filtration, driven by a continuous fan (or…"
"Just a quick thought - ventilation is about health, never energy savings. Shoot that $400 is well spent if it cuts down on asthma attacks not only cost wise of an ER visit / medicines but mentally
Whole house systems properly designed &…"
A local home performance contractor recommended a whole house air cleaner as part of a major proposed home performance upgrade for a friend's house in the Sacramento, CA foothills. The proposal includes air sealing and replacing all HVAC equipment and ducts . My friend and her children are highly chemically sensitive and one kid has asthma, so IAQ is her biggest priority with this retrofit. The unit suggested happens to be a TERSus 2000 (links to product information are below). It would be…See More
Our gas use is mainly in our gas furnace. Although it is a 95% AFUE condensing furnace that is right-sized (35,000 BTU/hr versus the previous 100,000 BTU/hr model), we keep the house a comfortable 70 degrees in the winter. The other…"
"Alice, a 30 amp breaker on a seperate 220 volt circuit was required. Fortunately, a previous owner had put in a 220 wiring for a spa with an electrical junction box right at the location of the water heater, so all the installing contractor had to…"
"Our Vaughn HPWH is located in the garage, where the cooling is welcome in the summer when it would otherwise get pretty hot in there. It doesn't seem to make the garage more than a couple of degrees colder in the winter (still stays at 60…"
"Thanks for the congrats, Ann. We are thrilled to have reached the goal, thanks to the motivation of participating in the Thousand Home Challenge.
My two daughters are 8 and 11 and still protest about having to bath. Talk to me when they are both…"
"Nickie: I estimate that 15% or more of our energy savings is behavioral, which could not have been achieved without cooperation and buy-in from the whole family. Interestingly, a conversation we had around the dinner table about what it would…"
Linda Wigington distinguished between deep retrofits & deep energy reductions, thus expanding the range of strategies & tactics from which we might propose when engaging with people, the ones who choose.See More
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